Join Dr. Kenneth Gentry Jr., author of the Christian nonfiction book, Nourishment from the Word (Nordskog Publishing, July ’08), as he virtually tours the blogosphere in November on his first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
About the author:
Dr. Kenneth Gentry, Jr. received degrees from both the Reformed Theological Seminary and Whitefield Theological Seminary. He pastored for twenty-five years in both the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He now serves as Director of NiceneCouncil.com and the executive director of GoodBirth Ministries. Both organizations are dedicated to advancing serious Christian education, scholarship and apologetics. Dr. Gentry is the author and co-author of over 20 books.
About the book:
This book is for serious Christians following the Biblical encouragement to “be a good servant of Jesus Christ, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:6). Dr. Kenneth l. Gentry, Jr. provides a banquet of nourishing entrees too seldom found on the menu of the modern evangelical church, to help hungry believers grow in understanding.
You can visit his publisher’s website at www.nordskogpublishing.com/
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
This book is actually a compilation of eight articles I wrote over a period of several years. I was receiving so many requests for these articles that I thought it might be a good idea to compile them into book format.
Each of the chapters deals with some intriguing or debated doctrines among Christians. Rather than discussing broadly received and generally agreed upon concepts, I chose to engage discussion regarding doctrines that have long been debated, hoping to catch the attention of a thinking Christian audience.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
Basically the idea for each chapter came to me through interaction with Christians over the years. I listened to my experience, noting that these are issues that many find quite interesting or, in some cases, difficult. I reasoned that if Christians repeatedly turn to these issues, perhaps I ought to put something down in writing to assist them in their understanding.
How did you come up with the title?
The title for this book (which is a collection of short articles) came when I noted the publisher’s own stated purpose: “Nordskog Publishing is committed to finding and publishing meaty, tasty, and easily digestible books on Christian theology.”
I realized that the Scriptures mention deriving nourishment from God’s word, so I picked up on a theme in Paul’s letter to Timothy:
“In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.” (1 Tim. 4:6)
So then, I was able to connect the publisher’s purpose statement with a verse in the Bible and present a work to the publisher that matched its very purpose.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
The publisher, Nordskog Publishing, sent out a promotional e-mail regarding a new book. I knew the author of its new book. That author and I share many theological similarities. So the idea came to me: If I am constantly sending out these articles one at a time when people ask for them, perhaps I ought to collect them together in one book. And if this publisher is interested in just this sort of ministry, perhaps I should contact them about my proposal.
As it turns out, the publisher, Jerry Nordskog, and I also share many similar theological convictions. In fact, we have developed quite a friendship as we prepared this project for publication.
Who reads your work in progress?
In this case, each individual article had floated around for years. Consequently, I had a lot of feedback, including challenges, additional ideas, praises, and so forth. So my readers were oftentimes average Christians who appreciated the insights I was offering.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Jerry Nordskog, the publisher, and his staff were extremely helpful for perfecting the manuscript. I was deeply impressed with their attention to detail and their earnest desire to present the best product possible. I truly believe that Jerry and his staff caught some imperfections and suggested some improvements that might not have occurred if I had been working with another publisher.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
In this case, the first draft was actually a series of eight articles written over several years. So I had a “head start” when I presented the proposal to Nordskog Publishing.
How long did it take from start to publication?
It took me only about three months. This is unusually fast, but I believe this happened quickly for two reasons: (1) The content of the book was tried and tested over time. It did not need an immense amount of revision work. (2) Nordskog Publishing is a small publisher that is able to give more attention to its authors and projects. I found it a real joy to work with them.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes open not only for ideas about which to write, but regarding potential publishers. If you have a good idea and can match it with the right publisher, you will have a good experience.
Thank you, Kenneth for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.M., Th.D.
Revelation Commentary Project on You Tube
Executive Director, GoodBirth Ministries
“Serious Studies for Serious Christians”
NOURISHMENT FROM THE WORD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 officially began on November 3 and end on November 26. You can visit Dr. Gentry’s blog stops at http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in November to find out more about his latest book!
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they become available. The winner will be announced on November 30!